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Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities

Humanities is about what we think and do. In the past, now and in the future.

By thinking critically about our society, we can understand today's society better and address the challenges of the future. At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, we do this based on a socially engaged and entrepreneurial attitude. Both we and our students also apply scientific knowledge outside the walls of the university.

What people think and do, thought and did can never be captured in a single discipline. That's why we work with other disciplines as well as internationally. Together, we can come up with creative solutions that contribute to a better world and a more sustainable future. Just one of the benefits of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Discover the stories

Discover the stories

Frédérique ter Brugge studied Art and Architectural History and is director of the Amsterdam Light Festival. “We take visitors out of the everyday, out of their familiar thinking patterns. Open your mind and let your imagination soar!” Read the interview with her and many other scientists and alumni in idea.

Open idea magazine
Frédérique ter Brugge

Teaching robots to talk

'We see language as a reference system that connects people and systems to their perceptions of the world. In our research projects on communicative robots, we try to build robots that communicate with people in real-life situations.'

How does language refer to reality? How do we use language and context to understand each other? What can we learn about this by teaching AI to talk? 

Piek Vossen and his team are looking for the answers.

In the spotlight

About the faculty